Sias Business Park

Location: Zhengzhou, China
Client: Sias International University
GFA: 376,000 m2
Program: Retail 37,200 m2; Office 65,000 m2; Incubator 43,700 m2; Hotel 12,000 m2; SOHO 66,600 m2; LOFT 53,600 m2
FAR: 2.5
2017

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The repetitious use of similar tower typologies is becoming a clear trend in mixed-use master planning projects in China. Typically, driven by commercial profit, the exterior qualities of towers become a by-product of numbers and economic equations. Our design, on the other hand, focuses on qualities emerging from aesthetic factors, surrounding environment, and cultural references.

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For the Sias Master Plan, we developed multiple building typologies, each responding intimately to their respective programs and ability to foster social interaction. Rectangular, bar-shaped towers form the community’s outer perimeter on two sides and acts as an interface between the new community and the existing urban fabric.

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At the center of the community, low-density courtyard offices occupy the landscape. The individual courtyard offices link together to form larger, communal courtyards.

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At the southwest corner, a dynamic, mixed-use building shapes the prominent edge of the community. The building’s typology, referred to as an “incubator”, consists of a commercial podium, hotel tower, office tower, and banquet hall. A deep carving motion spans the facades of the towers, creating a vertical landscape and acting as an extension of the ground level. The bold tower facades and commercial massing combine to create an iconic corner element for the important intersection.